POTTER, Beatrix (author and illustrator). The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. London, Frederick Warne And Co. 1909.
12mo.; publisher's brownish-grey boards lettered in white with onlaid triangular pictorial label to upper cover, pictorial endpapers; pp. [viii], 9-84 + [ii]; with coloured plates throughout after watercolours by Potter; externally near fine, bright, clean and sharp with only a very small (8mm), neat, split to lower joint at head of spine; internally fine, crisp, and exceptional, without inscription, marks, or signs of handling.
First edition, either the first or second printing, which are bibliographically indistinguishable, with the noticeboard depicted in the illustration on page 14 which was removed in later editions due to problems with translation. After the phenomenal success of her two great classics "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" (1902) and "The Tale of Benjamin Bunny" (1904) Beatrix Potter moved away from rabbit protagonists to feature a wide range of animals in her little books. However her rabbit stories were among her most popular and she returned to the subject with this title which has references to both those earlier books. Benjamin Bunny and his cousin Flopsy are now parents to six young rabbits who are captured in a sack by the heartless Mr. McGregor. It requires the ingenuity of Thomasina Tittlemouse to set them free and triumph over the gardener with a clever trick.